Marriage / Family Therapist Salary

The average Marriage & Family Therapist in the United States earns approximately $46K annually. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 84 percent of Marriage & Family Therapists are female. While about one in four report receiving no health benefits, a strong majority do receive medical coverage, and the greater part have dental, as well. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Marriage & Family Therapists. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$33,924 - $66,084
$34K
$46K
$66K
MEDIAN: $46,342
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$16.61 - $70.89
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$71
MEDIAN: $24.61
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$33,924 - $66,084  
   
Bonus
$49.66 - $5,034  
Profit Sharing
$1,245  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$34,151 - $78,459  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 473
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$24$48$72
Hourly Rate
$16.61 - $70.89  
   
Overtime
$8.07 - $45.96  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$49.66 - $5,034  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,245  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$34,151 - $78,459  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 212

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Job Description for Marriage / Family Therapist

The duty of a marriage/family therapist is to counsel individuals and treat patients. The individual would counsel couples and families regarding a wide range of possible psychological issues relating to their personal relationships.

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Marriage / Family Therapist Tasks

  • Facilitate and lead group and education sessions.
  • Provide individual, couple, family and group therapy.
  • Develop and implement individualized treatment plans addressing family relationship problems.
  • Assess, diagnose and counsel individuals, couples and families.
  • Manage caseload and documentation.

Common Career Paths for Marriage / Family Therapist


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Many Marriage & Family Therapists transition into upper-level Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist positions. Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists earn a median of $53K per year. Licensed Clinical Social Workers or Clinical Supervisors are common next-step roles for Marriage & Family Therapists moving up in their careers; annual pay for Licensed Clinical Social Workers is $4K higher on average, and it's $5K higher for Clinical Supervisors.

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Popular Skills for Marriage / Family Therapist


Marriage & Family Therapists generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Eating Disorders, Clinical Psychology, Spanish Language, and Group Therapy are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 15 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Case Management, Counseling, and Emergency/Trauma. Those educated in Case Management tend to be well versed in Clinical Psychology.

Pay by Experience Level for Marriage / Family Therapist

Pay by Experience for a Marriage / Family Therapist has a positive trend. An entry-level Marriage / Family Therapist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $45,000 based on 461 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Marriage / Family Therapist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 149 salaries. An experienced Marriage / Family Therapist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $59,000 based on 73 salaries. A Marriage / Family Therapist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $66,000 based on 32 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $47,675

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Marriage & Family Therapists, 25 percent higher than the national average. Marriage & Family Therapists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Jose (+11 percent), Portland (+7 percent), Honolulu (+7 percent), and Philadelphia (+2 percent). Marriage & Family Therapists in Pittsburgh, Denver, and Minneapolis — all cities with populations under a million — not only make less than the national average for those in this profession but represent the lowest-paid cities in the country for Marriage & Family Therapists — those in search of more money should head to busier, more densely populated areas. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Denver (22 percent lower) and Minneapolis (14 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Marriage / Family Therapist

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 72 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
58%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
5%
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Experience Affects Marriage / Family Therapist Salaries

▲39%

▲23%

▲7%

National Average
$48,000

▼6%

Skills That Affect Marriage / Family Therapist Salaries

Eating Disorders
▲15%



Group Therapy
▼0%

National Average
$48,000

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
▼3%


▼5%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 72 votes.

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
58%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 57%
vision benefits
Vision: 46%
no benefits
None: 24%
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